Radio Bridge 2018

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Radioeins live from New York and San Francisco

From 9 to 12 October 2018, radioeins from Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb), with the support of the Goethe-Institut, will be broadcasting five hours a day from New York and San Francisco. As part of “Radiobrücke USA”, the station will be dedicated to the diverse political, social and cultural situation in the country and the current changes taking place.
The Goethe-Institut will be supporting Radiobrücke as part of the “Deutschlandjahr” (German Year) on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, and has been active nationwide in the United States for over 50 years. This year, its slogan of the event is "wunderbar together" to highlight the special relationship between Germany and the USA.

Radiobrücke USA will take place this year in the USA as part of the Deutschlandjahr. Under the slogan "wunderbar together", numerous events will take place over the course of a year in a wide variety of areas in order to highlight the special relationship between Germany and the USA.
The Deutschlandjahr in the USA is based on an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office and is being carried out by the Goethe-Institut, which has been active throughout the USA for over 50 years. The Deutschlandjahr is supported by the Federation of German Industry, the German industry association.

German-American encounters at the East and West Coast

radioeins live from New York – daily from 4–7 p.m.

Daily from 4–7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in New York), radioeins will be broadcasting with its moderators Marie Kaiser and Stefan Rupp from the Goethe-Institut in Manhattan. They will be devoting themselves to the everyday life of the vibrant metropolis – from glamour and gentrification through to the political situation under President Donald Trump. Thus, ARD correspondent Martin Ganslmeier will be taking a look at the upcoming "mid-terms". In the series “A German in New York”, we will be presenting people who have come to New York to live their dream: from the start-up to the kebab seller. And the young family man Felix Zeltner will be telling us what it’s like to go on a world tour in New York: For one year, he lived with his family in a different neighbourhood every single month.

The radioeins reporters will be diving into the city’s life, inspecting the Trump Tower, reporting on the difficult situation of taxi drivers as well as about New York’s toughest basketball court. Also invited to the studio are prominent musicians such as We are Scientists and ex Youth of Today singer Walter Schreifels; there will be plenty of music from the diverse music scene in the city. There are also two radioeins listeners who will be exploring the city as radioeins ambassadors.

radioeins live from San Francisco – daily from 7–9 p.m.

Daily from 7 p.m. German time (10 a.m. – 12 noon in San Francisco), the radioeins studio will be taking over on the west coast. The moderators Anja Caspary and Christiane Falk will be immersing themselves in the California music scene. Greg Errico, founding member of the legendary band Sly & the Family Stone, will drop by and Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys may also show his face at the Goethe-Institut. From the hippie music of the late 60s to contemporary music from San Francisco – the Californian sound and attitude towards life are important topics for the radioeins team: how does it live in a city where it’s not longer possible to get a room in a shared flat for less than $1,500, and how much are the new rich people from Silicon Valley changing the city? Do many people still – or indeed because of that – still smoke lots of pot (and legally), and is it actually hard to find a Trump supporter in this modern city in the Bay Area? Two radioeins listeners from Berlin will be supporting the team. There will be interesting studio guests, reports and lots of Californian music – radioeins will be a guest at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco.

Images and films about Radiobrücke New York/San Francisco are available at


The “Radiobrücke” already made a name for itself as a successful format back in 2014. At the time, during the run-up to the Football World Cup in Brazil, the Goethe-Institut São Paulo broadcast a series of interviews, reports and features that portrayed a deep, multifaceted view of the metropolis and its inhabitants for listeners in Berlin and Brandenburg. A follow-up Radiobrücke show took place in Athens in 2015. At the height of the debt crisis, reporters collected Greek opinions about Germany and discussed the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean. A similar juxtaposition of political unrest and pulsating culture was also conveyed by “Radiobrücke Istanbul” in 2016. Alongside dealing with the effects of the EU-Turkey refugee agreement on everyday life along the Bosporus the show also focused on a vibrant art scene finding itself between tradition and modernity. In 2017, Radiobrücke was broadcast from the newly renovated library of the Goethe-Institut in Warsaw. The emphasis was on German-Polish relations with regard to the theatre scene, urban development, music and politics. Populism, Chopin were addressed in the same way as the LGBTQ scene and a feature looking into the work of a German-Polish garden club.
The Radiobrücke will be broadcast live by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) from the Goethe Institutes in New York and San Francisco and will be available via livestream at Furthermore, podcasts, images and videos linked to “Radio Bridge” content are regularly published on the Goethe-Institut's and radioeins' social media channels and websites.
This project is part of the “Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19” (German Year) - sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office, organised by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries. More information can be found at